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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Training system brings fight to F-16 pilots

Posted  August 26, 2013

Groundbreaking advancements to F-16 Fighting Falcon warfare training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived during the week of Aug. 12 through 16 in the form of a Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range, or JDEWR.

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Hagel announces U.S. deal to sell helicopters to Indonesia

Posted  August 26, 2013

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakara, Indonesia, Aug. 26. Hagel announced the deal during a joint news conference with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro after productive meetings this…

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UTC Aerospace Systems to provide Sunwing Airlines with service on major nacelle components for its Boeing 737 fleet

Posted  August 26, 2013

UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business has been chosen by Sunwing Airlines to service nacelle components for its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. Under the five-year agreement, UTC Aerospace Systems’ Alabama Service Center in Foley, Ala. will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of the inlets, fan cowls and small components for the CFM56-7 engines that power…

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Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 engages first over-the-horizon targets at sea

Posted  August 26, 2013

POINT MUGU SEA RANGE, Calif. – The U.S. Navy fired two Raytheon Standard Missile-6 interceptors from the USS Chancellorsville, successfully engaging two cruise missile targets (BQM-74 drones) in the missile’s first over-the-horizon test scenario at sea. The SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy sailors and their vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned…

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Eglin’s 40th FTS expands A-10 fuel limitations in combat

Posted  August 26, 2013

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is loaded up with weaponry to test the combat carriage limits of the Sargent Fletcher external fuel tank. The A-10 flight personnel are testing to ensure…

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US, China conduct counter piracy exercise

Posted  August 26, 2013

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy), Aug. 24-25.

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Northrop Grumman completes successful demonstration of 3DELR radar system

Posted  August 26, 2013

Northrop Grumman has completed a successful full-scale demonstration of its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar for the U.S. Air Force last month. Approximately 40 members of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defense were on site to witness the comprehensive demonstration of Northrop Grumman’s radar system. More than 50…

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted  August 26, 2013

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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Navy maintainers putting F-35s in air

Posted  August 26, 2013

Chief Petty Officer Ben DeWitt, of the Strike Fighter Squadron-101, preforms pre-flight checks on an F-35C Lightning II prior to a sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sailors, along with Airmen and Marines work directly with the LM maintainers to help put the joint strike fighters in the air.   A sailor uses a…

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U.S. Army awards Lockheed Martin $206 million for counterfire radar production

Posted  August 26, 2013

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin $206 million in additional orders for the AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53), a long-range counterfire radar that provides soldiers with enhanced 360-degree protection from indirect fire. This contract is for 19 Q-53 systems, formerly designated as EQ-36. To date Lockheed Martin has delivered 32 initial production systems to the U.S. Army and…

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